About Katie Herman

Katie Herman is a freelance book editor based in Brooklyn, NY. She provides a range of editorial services, including developmental editing, substantive line editing, copyediting, and proofreading, to authors, independent presses, and major publishing houses.

Katie was an editor at Soho Press from 2005 to 2010, a renowned independent publisher of literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and crime fiction with an international bent. While at Soho, she worked closely with literary agents and edited a wide range of books including Rock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann (a New York Times and USA Today bestseller), Light Fell by Evan Fallenberg (2009 Stonewall Book Award for Literature), Matt Beynon Rees’s CWA Dagger-winning Omar Yussef mystery series, A Stranger on the Planet by Adam Schwartz (Moment Magazine 2011 Emerging Writer Award), A Tiger’s Heart: The Story of a Modern Chinese Woman by Aisling Juanjuan Shen, and Alcestis by Katharine Beutner (2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction).

Katie has a BA in English and History from Columbia University. In 2010, she left Soho Press to begin work toward an MFA in poetry at the University of Maryland, which she completed in 2013. Since leaving Soho, she has worked as a freelance editor and taught writing and literature at the University of Maryland and American University. She particularly loves working closely with authors on literary fiction, mysteries, and memoirs. She also has edited scholarly writing and a collection of interviews.

Katie is also a poet. Her poetry and criticism have been published in Poetry NorthwestLEVELERTikkun, and elsewhere.